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Digital Fortress

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Publisher's Summary

When the National Security Agency's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage...not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves.

©1998 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"In this fast-paced, plausible tale, Brown blurs the line between good and evil enough to delight patriots and paranoids alike." (Publishers Weekly)
"Digital Fortress is the best and most realistic techno-thriller to reach the market in years....A chilling thrill a minute." (The Midwest Book Review)
"Exciting...will rivet cyber-minded readers." (Booklist)

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    P. York 05-01-04
    P. York 05-01-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Makes you want to puch somebody..."

    I have to agree with other reviewers that this novel is FAR below the quality of DaVinci. Just about every single twist or mystery was so predictable that you just wanted to scream at the moronic "geniuses" who couldn't figure out the most obvious of answers. The story had some interesting aspects, but the technical innacuracies, major inconsistencies, serious character flaws, stupid situations, and mediocre to poor writing are so distracting that I just couldn't enjoy whatever positives there were. I'm glad Dan Brown kept writing and didn't give up after this miserable attempt. His ability to imagine and tell stories has obviously improved significantly. Perhaps his poor writing style will improve as well.

    PS - and yes, the narrator is a maddeningly dreadful slow-speaking monotone, as well--this thing should have lasted only 10 hours, max.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Jamestown, NY, USA 04-19-04
    Lee Jamestown, NY, USA 04-19-04
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    "Intriguing Concept, but lacking in craft"

    Dan Brown's blockbuster, Da Vinci Code, took some heat for the improbable leaps and incredible coincidences that are so important to the plot, and of course, the inaccuracies. But that book survives.
    Digital Fortress seems like a practice draft by a writer who is learning to put things together. It evokes many of the same complaints and, unlike DVCode, Brown's craft in this novel is simply not up to the task of smoothing over the problems. Far too many times, the right person or item just happens to show up where the hero needs them.
    And then there are those pesky inaccuracies and misalignments -- the deaf assassin who hears the names of his victims is one head-scratcher.
    This is too bad, because the basic idea is very fine and the major twists in the plot work well. There are just too many "oh, not again!" moments for my taste.
    This is a good example of a talented beginner's work. Invention rates high. Craft is almost non-existent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Guntersville, AL, USA 03-16-04
    Beth Guntersville, AL, USA 03-16-04 Member Since 2001
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    "not very good"

    This book had me screaming at my radio. How could people who were so smart be so dense? I had things figured out way before them. It might have been better unabridged, but I wouldn't want to waste any more time. Narrator was nothing to write home about either.

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    Richard Bruno 01-21-04
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    "Tedious"

    Overlong, improbable plotting, hamfisted writing.

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    Craig Ledgewood, NJ, USA 01-31-04
    Craig Ledgewood, NJ, USA 01-31-04
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    "Boring"

    Drawn-out writing, I found myself fast forwarding through many parts of the book just to get past the droning narrative.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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